Fantasy Premier League expert Abdul Rehman picks out the best captains for Gameweek 9 – the king and the differential!
MOHAMED SALAH (£12.7m) – LIVERPOOL
Fixture: Man. United (A)
ABDUL SAYS: “Mohamed Salah continued his scintillating form with a goal and assist against Watford last week! There are simply not enough words to describe how good he has been this season. He has five double-digit hauls in his first eight matches and has only blanked in one game so far!
The Egyptian has recorded seven goals and five assists. Unsurprisingly, he is the highest scoring player in the game (83 points), a whopping 27 points ahead of second-placed Jamie Vardy!
His stats have been incredible too. Salah has registered 27 shots in the box (1st), 19 shots on target (1st), eight big chances (2nd) and an xG of 6.14 (1st). He has also created five big chances (1st). Quite frankly, no one is on his level right now and he is essential to our FPL teams.
Liverpool face Manchester United away in Gameweek 9. Although this isn’t the easiest of fixtures for The Reds, Salah and Liverpool are just in too good form right now. Jurgen Klopp’s men top the table for attacking metrics also. They have the most shots in the box (113), shots on target (62), big chances (31), xG (21.8) and goals scored (22).
Conversely, fierce rivals United have been really poor at the back and have only kept one clean sheet while conceding ten goals (14th)!”
HARRY KANE (£11.9m) – TOTTENHAM
Fixture: West Ham (A)
ABDUL SAYS: “Harry Kane finally got off the mark this season with a goal and assist last weekend against Newcastle! He has improved vastly in his stats in the last two games. The England skipper was unfortunate to not have notched a goal against Aston Villa in Gameweek 7 also.
He and Spurs seemed to have turned a corner, with the Londoners having scored five goals in their last few games (3rd).
Spurs come up against London rivals West Ham in Gameweek 9, who have been pretty good defensively. However, Tottenham look much improved and, more importantly, so does Harry Kane.
When Kane is firing, he is capable of hauls against any opposition and has both goals and assists in his locker. He was the talisman for Spurs last season with a Goal Involvement of 56% and I don’t expect that to change.
His partnership with Heung-Min Son (£10.1m) is also vital to Tottenham’s success and now both are firing. The England forward is also on penalties. He looks a great differential this week as is only owned by 5.2% of managers currently!”